Who We Are

Tobias School of Art and Therapy was established in 1979. Our signature programme is the well-respected, professional training in Transpersonal Arts in Therapy.

Our classes foster a warm, supportive learning environment, along with close mentoring and assessment of student’s progress.

Our campus consists of several well-equipped studios, a library, reception, some student accommodation rooms and an administrative block all set within beautiful grounds. The School boasts a range of highly qualified teachers, enabling its students to thrive in a culturally rich environment where difference and diversity are valued.

We are delighted to have an international student community that stimulates an environment respecting cultural sensitivity and awareness of difference. Our community has students from all over Europe such as: Italy, France, Germany and Spain. Some come from the United States of America, Brazil, South Africa and from even as far as Australia, Korea and Japan. More recently we have had students from Saudi Arabia, Russia, Peru, Israel and Lebanon.

For more information about Tobias or any courses, please get in touch by emailing info@tobiasart.org.

The Faculty

Gillian David

MEd Arts in Therapy and Education; Dip. Art Therapy; Dip. PG Painting Therapy; PG Creative Supervision; RATh, Approved Supervisor PTUK

Gill is an Art Therapist and clinical supervisor of play and art therapists. Gill joined Tobias School of Art and Therapy in 1990 and since 1993 she has been the director of the Transpersonal Arts in Therapy training. She has been intensely involved in course accreditation and development. Gill is a graduate of Tobias, The Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education and of the Emerald Foundation, Holland. She has worked as an art therapist in primary schools, Waldorf schools, and with adults in medical and private practice She leads workshops in Europe and USA.

Helen Mandy

Transpersonal Arts Counsellor (MCGI), Waldorf teacher training (SA) ,National Dip. Fine Arts.

Helen is a transpersonal arts counsellor, artist and art teacher. Helen joined Tobias School of Art and Therapy as a member of staff in 2020. Previously Helen worked for 17 years as an upper school art teacher and class guardian in a Waldorf School in South Africa. She has practised arts counselling in Waldorf primary and upper schools and with sex workers living in hostels. She also has a private art therapy practice.

Sarah Baganz

Transpersonal Arts Counsellor (MCGI), BA Fine Arts (NVAO)

Sarah is a transpersonal arts counsellor, artist and sculpture teacher. After studying Fine Arts in the Netherlands, and finishing her Transpersonal Arts in Therapy training at Tobias School of Art and Therapy, she lived and worked in a Scottish Camphill Community for six years. There she was co-running a household and worked therapeutically with adults with learning difficulties and special needs. In 2021, she became a teacher at Hoathly Hill Sculpture Studio and a staff member at Tobias.

Helena O’Sullivan

Helena began working in the Tobias office in June 2004 after relocating with her family from South Africa. She is the office manager, first aid and student welfare officer. She also arranges all campus accommodation.

Tony Cox

Tony works part time at Tobias in the areas of finance, budgets & facilities. Prior to this Tony worked in IT for over 30 years in a variety of U.K. & Global roles. He has qualifications from both Manchester & Reading Universities. The influence of Tobias is such that after a gap of over 50 years, Tony has picked up a paintbrush & pencils again!


Lady Catriona Alderton – Trustee Chair

Catriona is a Tobias graduate, and has been practising Art Therapy  and teaching art classes since 2010. She previously worked in Human Resources, Skills and Training. Her family are Diplomats, as is her husband. Living overseas for most of her life has has given her a unique cultural perspective, instilling values of tolerance, understanding and respect. Catriona is currently living in London, working remotely as Tobias Student Placement Coordinator  (part time). 

Christopher Clouder 

Christopher Clouder is an international lecturer and author of books and many articles not only on Steiner education but also on other educational and cultural subjects. He has made presentations in the EU and Westminster parliaments and been instrumental in gaining public funding for Steiner education in England. Christopher is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.From 1989 to 2012 he was the founder and CEO of the European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education that spans some 680 schools in 27 countries. In 1997 he co-established the Alliance for Childhood, a global network which campaigns for the right of young children to be allowed to experience their childhood in a healthy and fulfilling way. He has recently been appointed the Director of Pedagogy of the newly founded Il Liceo dei Colli in Florence.Christopher is also Director of Research on Social and Emotional Education and Creativity for the Fundación Botín and his teams have produced five international reports on these themes.

Jane Quail

Transpersonal Arts Counsellor (MCGI)

Jane Quail is a graduate of Tobias and has had a connection with the school since 2006.  She worked for twelve years at Nutley Hall, an independent adult residential care community for people with learning disabilities.  Jane is an artist and maker and Therapeutic Arts Counsellor.

Visiting Lecturers

We are very fortunate at Tobias School of Art and Therapy to have many visiting lecturers who bring their knowledge and expertise to enrich the educate of of students.

Contact Us

We will be happy to help you with any enquiries you have about our courses, or if you would like to enrol, please get in touch and we shall get back to you as soon as we can.

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